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English noun: drain

1. drain (act) emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it


Broader (hypernym)emptying, evacuation, voidance

2. drain (artifact) tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material

Broader (hypernym)tube, tubing

Domain categorysurgery

3. drain (artifact) a pipe through which liquid is carried away

Synonymsdrainpipe, waste pipe

Broader (hypernym)pipage, pipe, piping

Narrower (hyponym)cloaca, culvert, scupper, sewer, sewerage, soil pipe, trap

4. drain (act) a gradual depletion of energy or resources

SamplesA drain on resources.
A drain of young talent by emigration.

Broader (hypernym)depletion

Narrower (hyponym)brain drain, drawing, drawing off

English verb: drain

1. drain (motion) flow off gradually

SamplesThe rain water drains into this big vat.

ExamplesThe water drains

Synonymsrun out

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)course, feed, flow, run

2. drain (consumption) deplete of resources

SamplesThe exercise class drains me of energy.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out

3. drain (change) empty of liquid; drain the liquid from

SamplesWe drained the oil tank.

ExamplesThey drain the water

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)empty

4. drain (change) make weak

SamplesLife in the camp drained him.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to drain Sue

Synonymsdebilitate, enfeeble

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)weaken

Narrower (hyponym)emaciate, macerate, waste

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